Mark 1:13b is the verse to focus on today: "And he (Jesus) was with the wild animals, and the angels were ministering to him." Jesus is in the wilderness, driven there by the Holy Spirit to be tempted by the evil one. As we saw yesterday, temptation is all the devil can do. He can't force us to choose anything. All he can do is to place evil before us, tempt us, then we choose evil. When we do, we're entrapped by him, following his ways, under condemnation, unable to follow God's purposes. Jesus faced all temptations just as we do, but without sin.
Here, in the wilderness, he was also surrounded by wild animals. Mark wants us to know that this situation was dangerous. He was alone, in the wilderness, surrounded by vicious, wild animals who wanted his life. For forty days and nights, Jesus was in this precarious position.
What aided him? Greatly, I think, God's angels aided him. Angels are God's creatures who have two primary works: to worship God and to work for God. Psalm 90 says God gives his angels charge over his children. Here, they were sent by the Father to his Son to protect him from all enemies, the evil one and the wild animals. They ministered to him, caring for him, nurturing him, supporting him, encouraging him. Simply stated, they helped him through this crisis.
I think when we arrive in heaven all of us who love God with all our hearts are going to find times when God sent his angels to help us, care for us and minister to us. We may not have even been aware of it, but they were there.
Today, praise God for his angels! Thank him for creating them to help care for us.
Who knows? One may be surrounding you right now as you read this!
God bless you all. This is the day the Lord has made. Rejoice! Be glad in it.